With a claimed £4 of social value generated for every £1 invested, the programme will now be available in Cambridge, East Anglia and London, with a new pilot programme in Bristol in partnership with Guinness Partnership.
Hill has partnered with Women into Construction since June 2019. With the partnership now expanded throughout its regions, the Group will now have greater national reach in bringing through even more talented female workers into the housebuilding sector.
The expansion will also benefit Hill’s recruitment strategy with the ability to access and develop the very best in female talent within construction.
In the past year, the programme provided support and guidance to 190 women overall. The support from Women into Construction has also seen the organisation implement mandatory Diversity and Inclusion training to all its staff, helping improve inclusion and wellbeing across the workforce.
Tom Hill, group director at The Hill Group, said: “Our partnership with Women into Construction has enabled us to benefit from accessing high quality candidates that move us towards a more gender-balanced work force, as well as helping us increase overall female participation in the construction industry.”
The programme provides pre-employment support for women, including a mix of employability support, training to gain CSCS cards, supported work placements and 1-1 mentoring to produce site and work-ready candidates.
Since partnering with Women into Construction in 2019, Shelley Lawrence had been seconded as a project manager, launching and developing the programme within Hill, its supply chain and other local construction companies across Cambridgeshire.
Shelley Lawrence commented: “It has been a wonderful journey working with The Hill Group, as we have opened up opportunities to countless women who may not have considered a career in construction before due to the lack of role models, careers advice and parental encouragement of the sector to girls historically.”
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